Charity ordered to conduct CRB checks after investigation into trustee

A religious charity has been told it must improve its child-protection practices after a trustee was suspected of trafficking young women to work in the UK's sex industry.

The trustee of the Manchester-based education charity Jamia Mosque and Islamic Centre was taken to court but found not guilty to charges of “arranging the arrival of persons to the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation” . The charity had decided that the man should continue as a trustee throughout the police investigation. He has since stepped down.

The Charity Commission's report concluded that the charges against the trustee had no connection with the charity, that he was not involved in teaching or supervising the child beneficiaries, and there was no evidence that he posed a risk to any beneficiary of the organisation.

However, the inquiry discovered that no Criminal Record Bureau checks had been carried out on staff who worked with child beneficiaries and report criticised the charity for having “no procedures in place to safeguard the child beneficiaries of the charity”. The commission also raised concerns that the charity's decision to allow the trustee to continue could pose risks to the its reputation.

The report said the charity’s procedures were “a serious cause for concern given that one of its main activities was to teach children between the ages of six and 12”.

The report also established that the charity had failed to comply with statutory duties to submit accounts on time and had not held elections to appoint its trustees.

The commission has asked the trustees to confirm in writing that Criminal Records Bureau checks have been carried out on all trustees, staff and volunteers and will continue to monitor the charity.

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